Robinson Cano was the first official member of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports earlier this year and he and his new agent are looking to make history. According to multiple reports earlier today the soon-to-be free agent Cano is seeking approximately $305 million from the New York Yankees over 10 years.
People who are familiar with Cano and his thinking have a sense that he will take the biggest offer he receives this winter, regardless of whether it comes from the Yankees or another MLB club.
Is Robinson Cano that good? And is it worth it for the Yankees to pay him that much?
I doubt it.
The $305 million that Cano is seeking represents the total value of Alex Rodriguez’s record-setting deal if he is able to achieve all of the incentives.
Cano is the Yankees best hitter. He is a five time All Star and he is not rushing into anything.
“If we don’t make it to the playoffs, I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax,” Cano said. “Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do.”
This is bad news for the Yankees.
The Yanks have an exclusive negotiating window with Cano and other free agents that will expire six days following the completion of the World Series and if Cano decides to take his time, then the floodgates will open.
Cano is a career .309 hitter who has averaged 28 home runs and 102 RBIs over the past five seasons and he will receive the biggest contract of any second baseman ever but will it be from the Yankees?
During this past offseason, the Boston Red Sox signed second baseman Dustin Pedroia to an extension that makes his total package worth $110 million over eight years. Currently, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers is the highest-paid second baseman with a five-year $75 million contract.
“I haven’t decided anything yet,” said Cano, who leads the Yankees with 27 homers, 106 RBIs and a .315 batting average. “But don’t get me wrong. I love this team, you know?”
Cano didn’t hesitate to acknowledge the fact that Thursday night’s home finale may be his last game in pinstripes.
“Oh, yeah, who knows? Who knows what’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m just enjoying being here, and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys. Nobody said I’m leaving; nobody said I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.”
I have faith the Yankees will pay the man but don’t you think he would fit right in on the Los Angeles Dodgers?
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